FIFA says to Sky Sports News that they will not report on proposals that Oman and Kuwait are being set up as a host in 2022.
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 07/03/19 4:22 pm
FIFA will discuss the possibility of increasing the number of teams in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48.
FIFA members already agreed to extend the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026, but President Gianni Infantino wants to bring the change forward to 2022, and the issue rises when the FIFA Council meets in Miami Friday, March 15.
Qatar is the first World Cup hosts in the Middle East, but the 2.6m nation is unlikely to be able to attend a competition with 48 teams.
I told FIFA Sky Sports News they will not comment on proposals that Oman and Kuwait are being co-hosted.
The Associated Press reported that a person with knowledge of the situation said; FIFA is seeking to host the competition duties on both Arab nations, as well as Qatar, if the number of qualifying teams rises to 32 to 48.
FIFA's executive committee won a vote for Qatar in 2010 to host the 2022 competition, but Óman and Kuwait would be non-elected hosts.
The need to find a common ground for the political situation in the Middle East, and to maintain the economic and travel boycott of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates at present is complex.
The proposed FIFA National League and World World Cup will also increase the agenda at the meeting in Miami.
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